Hempstead man arrested in June burglaries

Michael Matthews, 53, of Hempstead, faces burglary and

Michael Matthews, 53, of Hempstead, faces burglary and criminal mischief charges in connection with four burglaries in June, police said. (July 15, 2013) (Credit: NCPD)

A Hempstead man was arrested Monday in Westbury after a positive DNA match tied him to four burglaries in June, police said.

Michael Matthews, 53, of 1 Moore St., was arrested by Nassau County plainclothes police officers on Corporate Drive at about 11:15 a.m. He faces four counts of third-degree burglary, as well as with one count each of second-degree and third-degree criminal mischief.

Police said DNA evidence tied Matthews to burglaries in Carle Place and East Meadow, committed at area businesses on June 2, June 12 and June 27.

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In the first burglary, which occurred just before 5 a.m. June 2, police said Matthews broke the front-door glass at Tuxedo Park on Westbury Avenue in Carle Place, then stole cash from the register.

On June 12, police said Matthews broke into a restaurant on Old Country Road in Carle Place, stealing cash, and broke into a nail salon on Glen Cove Road in Carle Place -- but said he was unable to gain access to the cash register.

On June 27, police said Matthews broke into a card and gift shop on Front Street in East Meadow, again stealing money from a cash register.

It was not immediately clear how much money was stolen in the four burglaries.

Police said Matthews was tied to a DNA match from one location, but did not say which one -- and did not say what led to him being charged with all four incidents. Matthews faces arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

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